PSN Name change is one of the most asked PlayStation features and Sony Interactive Entertainment has finally decided to provide it. Sony has confirmed that PSN name change is coming and will enter Preview Program soon.
According to Sony, the PSN name change feature will enter beta as part of the PlayStation Preview Program. Only select users will be to try out the feature in PlayStation Preview Program.
Furthermore, Sony has noted that PSN name change will be free for the first time. After that, each time you change the name, it will cost you €9.99/£7.99. However, PSN name change is cheaper for PlayStation Plus members as it will cost them €4.99/£3.99 after the first one.
To make things easier, users will be able to display their old id with their new one so that their friends and recognize them. However, this will be a one-time thing. Meaning if you chose to show or not show your old id, you won’t be able to change it once the process is complete.
Sony has noted that the PSN name change feature will be compatible with PS4 games released after 1st April 2018. This feature is also compatible with a vast majority of PS4 games released before that.
However, Sony has noted that issues are bound to pop up for some games. If the issue persists then users can revert back to their old id free of cost.
Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. In addition, when this feature officially launches, a list of compatible games published before April 1, 2018, will be provided on PlayStation.com for reference before you make a change.
PSN Name Change feature for the PlayStation Preview Program will be available by the end of November 2018. Early 2019 is the expected window for full release.
It took Sony quite a while to introduce this PSN Name change feature. Sony giving this feature so late indicates that there were some serious backend problems with its system.
Speaking of PlayStation, with Microsft announcing Xbox Scarlet, gamers are looking at Sony to announce PlayStation 5. Now, Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has noted that PlayStation 5 has become necessary. This indicates that Sony is already working on PlayStation 5.
However, with the success of PS Now, we might not see a traditional console but, a device capable of cloud streaming video games. We will know for sure once Sony announces it.